Universal Takes Wrecking Ball To Dark Tower

Ron_Howard210Ho hum. Ron Howard’s highly ambitious plan to make Stephen King’s The Dark Tower trilogy as a series of three films linked by two TV series has been scuppered by Universal who have passed on the project.

And it was all going so well. They had Brian Grazer (24, A Beautiful Mind, American Gangster) and Mark Verheiden (Battlestar Galactica, Heroes) on as producers and Akiva Goldsmith (I Am Legend, uh, The Da Vinci Code) writing. Not to mention Javier Bardem was once in talks to star proving there’s some A-List interest too.

According to Deadline, Universal bods read the script for the first movie and liked what they saw but wanted to test the waters with the first movie before committing to such a long term and let’s face it, expensive plan. But Howard didn’t like the sound of that and have withdrawn from the deal.

So if any studio has got several million dollars down the back of the sofa and would like to hire them, now’s your chance.